Application and Admissions Procedures


Step 1 – Making an Application

Applicants are encouraged to read the prospectus carefully to ensure that they satisfy the entry requirements for their course of choice.

  • Applicants are encouraged to use our on-line application facility.  Please click on the Apply Online button on the home page of this website to access it.
  • Alternatively, if you cannot submit an on-line application, a form is included at the back of our Prospectus 2019/2020.  This is available to download from our home page or they are available from the college office.

Please Note: Applicants who are under 16 years of age at application should also have a parent/guardian download and complete the parental consent form and submit it with their application.


Complete the application form carefully and accurately.  The data you supply on application is used to aid your application and is the data required to be returned to SOLAS and the Department of Education and Skills in the event of registration as a learner at the College.  Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB) is a registered Data Controller under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2018.  Please consult the KCETB website for details of how we will use the data you supply as part of your application.

Step 2 – Interview

All applicants to courses at OCFE will be invited to interview.  Applicants are requested to bring an up-to-date curriculum vitae to the interview.  Some courses have specific requirements and these will be detailed in the letter inviting the applicant to interview.  Those applying for entry to the art courses are requested to provide the panel with a selection of samples of their work.  The interview is scored using a number of criteria.  Place offers are made on the basis of these scores.  The college will conduct two rounds of interviews.  See Admissions Schedule 2020/2021 for details.

Step 3 – Communication of Outcome of Interview

The outcome of the interview will be communicated in writing as soon as possible after the interview.  Applicants for vacant places may be contacted by phone once the academic year commences (September).

Step 4 – Acceptance and Pre-Registration

The college will host a pre-registration date in May, following interviews. An applicant can secure their place with the payment of a deposit of €50.  This is non-refundable in the case where the offer is subsequently declined.

Step 5 – Registration

The college will invite successful applicants to complete registration with the payment of all remaining due fees.  This date is generally in late August with the return of teaching staff.

Step 6 – Induction

All learners must attend a scheduled induction.  The purpose of the induction is to familiarise learners with the requirements of the course and general orientation.

Step 7 – Commencement

Classes commence in September and learners are informed at registration of the arrangements for induction and commencement.